AIA New York Announces 2017 Design Awards Winners

March 6, 2017

NEW YORK CITY, March 6, 2017 – On Monday, March 6, 2017, a jury of independent architects, educators, critics, and planners from outside New York City convened at the Center for Architecture to select the winners of the 2017 AIA New York Design Awards. That evening, they publicly announced the 35 winning projects at a symposium at the Center for Architecture.

The 35 selected projects and the architecture firms that designed them – many of whom were on hand for the symposium – represent the exceptional work by AIA New York members and architects practicing in New York City in four categories: Architecture, Interiors, Projects, and Urban Design. The jurors named the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with Gensler as Executive Architect, Best in Competition.

Each winning project, granted either an “Honor” or “Merit” award, was chosen for its design quality, response to its context and community, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique. Submitted projects had to be completed by AIANY members, architects/designers practicing in New York, or be New York projects designed by architects/designers based elsewhere. There were 379 entries in the four categories, including 191 submissions in the Architecture category alone. The winners range from temporary installations and exhibitions to large-scale urban interventions. 22 of the 35 winners were NYC-based projects.

This year, Media Sponsor v2com will give away one free press kit distribution to all AIANY Design Award winners in order to promote the winning project to an international network of media.

Design Awards Exhibition
All winning work will be exhibited in the 2017 AIANY Design Awards exhibition at the Center for Architecture beginning Friday, April 21, with an opening reception from 6-8pm. The exhibition, designed by Forrest Jesse, will remain on view through Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Honors and Awards Luncheon and Upcoming Programs
In addition to the Jury Symposium, winning projects will be recognized at the Honors and Awards Luncheon, Friday, April 21, at Cipriani Wall Street (

The Luncheon will also fete Medal of Honor recipient Sharon E. Sutton, FAIA; Award of Merit recipient Fiona Cousins, PE; and Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award recipient Martin Filler. The Luncheon serves as an important fundraiser for AIA New York and the organization’s ongoing mission to show that design matters.

Members of the press are invited to all events. Jurors and a list of the winning projects are on the following pages. For project details and photographs or to RSVP to Design Awards events, contact Camila Schaulsohn at AIA New York, 212-358-6114 or


Barbara Bestor, FAIA, Bestor Architecture
Hagy Belzberg, FAIA, OAA, Belzberg Architects
Tatiana Bilbao, Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO
Elizabeth P. Gray, FAIA, Gray Organschi Architecture
Anne Fougeron, FAIA, Fougeron Architecture
V. Mitch McEwen, McEwen Studio
Peter Waldman, School of Architecture, University of Virginia


Design Awards 2017 Statistics:
35 Awards Conferred
ARCHITECTURE – 14 total (3 honor; 11 merit)
INTERIORS – 9 total (3 honor; 6 merit)
PROJECTS – 8 total (3 honor; 5 merit)
URBAN DESIGN – 4 total (4 merit)


Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Executive Architect: Gensler
Landscape Architect: SCAPE
Project: The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, Columbia University
Location: New York, NY



Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Executive Architect: Gensler
Landscape Architect: SCAPE
Project: The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, Columbia University
Location: New York, NY

Architect: Gluckman Tang Architects
Landscape Architect: LaGuardia Design Group
Project: De Maria Pavilion
Location: Bridgehampton, NY

Architect: Steven Holl Architects
Associate Architect: BNIM
Project: University of Iowa Visual Arts Building
Location: Iowa City, IA


Architect: 1100 Architect
Project: Main: East Side Lofts
Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Architect: Andrew Berman Architect
Project: SculptureCenter
Location: Long Island City, NY

Architect: Deborah Berke Partners
Architect-of-Record: RATIO
Landscape Architect: DAVID RUBIN Land Collective
Project: Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters
Location: Indianapolis, IN

Preservation Architect: John G. Waite Associates, Architects
Landscape Architect: OLIN
Project: Restoration and Renovation of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia
Location: Charlottesville, VA

Architect: Kennedy & Violich Architecture
Landscape Architect: Richard Burck Associates
Project: Tozzer Anthropology Building, Harvard University
Location: Cambridge, MA

Architect: nARCHITECTS
Project: A/D/O
Location: Brooklyn, NY

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Project: Public Safety Answering Center II
Location: Bronx, NY

Architect: stpmj Architecture
Project: Shear House (Environment Sensitive Typology)
Location: Kyung Buk (Yecheon), Korea

Architect: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners
Associate Architect – Core and Shell: AGD Design
Associate Architect – Interiors: Associated Architects
Landscape Architect: ADI Limited
Project: Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Location: Hong Kong, China

Architect: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners
Landscape Architect: Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Project: Kim and Tritton Residence Halls, Haverford College
Location: Haverford, PA

Architect: WORK Architecture Company
Restoration Architect: CTS Group Architecture/Planning
Project: Stealth Building
Location: New York, NY



Architect: A+I
Project: Squarespace Global Headquarters
Location: New York, NY

Architect: Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture
Project: Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center
Location: Brooklyn, NY

Architect: Stephen Yablon Architecture
Project: Diane L. Max Health Center: Planned Parenthood Queens
Location: Long Island City, NY


Restoration Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle
Architectural Conservator: Cultural Heritage Conservation
Landscape Architects: Vogt Landscape Architects with Future Green Studio
Project: The Met Breuer Restoration
Location: New York, NY

Architects: BFDO Architects and 4|MATIV
Architect-of-Record: Marvel Architects
Project: Maple Street School
Location: Brooklyn, NY

Project: Brooklyn Heights Interim Library
Location: Brooklyn, NY

Architect: Marvel Architects
Concept Design and Interior Design: Macro-Sea
Project: New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Location: Brooklyn, NY

Architect: SPAN Architecture
Project: Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House Installation
Location: New York, NY

Architect: STUDIOS Architecture
Project: One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza
Location: New York, NY



Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Project: Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, The Jewish Museum
Location: New York, NY

Architect: Practice for Architecture and Urbanism
Project: Penn Palimpsest
Location: New York, NY

Architect: Studio Joseph
Media Designer: Local Projects
Graphic Designer: Pentagram
Project: New York at Its Core, Museum of the City of New York
Location: New York, NY


Architect: Andrew Berman Architect
Project: Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study
Location: New York, NY

Project: Isla Rhizolith | Rhizolith Island
Location: Isla Grande, Cartagena, Colombia

Architect: Efficiency Lab for Architecture
Project: The Lima Art Museum New Contemporary Art Wing
Location: Lima, Peru

Architect: J. Mayer H. und Partner, Architekten
Project: XXX Times Square with Love
Location: New York, NY

Architect: StudioKCA
Project: NASA Orbit Pavilion
Location: San Marino, CA



Architect: DLANDstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Project: The Gowanus Canal Sponge Park Pilot
Location: Brooklyn, NY

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Landscape Architect: OLIN
Project: New York City Housing Authority Red Hook Houses – Sandy Resiliency & Renewal Program
Location: Brooklyn, NY

Architect: ROGERS PARTNERS Architects + Urban Designers
Landscape Architect: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Project: Buckhead Park Over GA400
Location: Atlanta, GA

Architect: Studio V Architecture
Landscape Architect: Ken Smith Workshop
Project: Maker Park
Location: Brooklyn, NY


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